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Mount Marty College Hosts Hildegard of Bingen Portrayal in Marian Auditorium


Published Date10\6\2011
Mount Marty College will host Linn Maxwell’s performance of “Hildegard of Bingen and the Living Light” as this year’s Benedictine Lecture. The one-woman musical play will be held on Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Yankton at Mount Marty College’s Marian Auditorium.

International mezzo soprano/actress, Linn Maxwell, embodies the extraordinary life of 12th century German prophetess, healer, and composer, Hildegard of Bingen. Way ahead of her time and in a male-dominated world, Hildegard challenged the established authority of the Church, both philosophically and musically.

Accompanying herself on authentic medieval instruments including psaltery, organistrum and harp, Linn performs seven of Hildegard’s original songs, and through the mystic’s actual letters and writings transports us to the turbulent times of the Crusades in Western Europe. Hildegard’s timeless universal message of spiritual truth, holistic healing and caring for the earth is more urgent today than ever.

In addition to her stage performance, Maxwell will share slides and anecdotes in a presentation titled, “Finding Hildegard” on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:15 p.m. in the Chapter Room at Sacred Heart Monastery. She will talk about Bingen, Germany, and how she came to embrace the character of Hildegard.

Maxwell has performed on has performed on the stages of major orchestras including Chicago Symphony, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Cleveland, Toronto, Seattle and the Brooklyn Philharmonia. Her operatic engagements include San Francisco (Placido Domingo conducting), Cincinnati Opera, Hungarian State Opera, Netherlands Opera (with Nicholas Harnancourt), Strasbourg, Lyon, Toulouse, as well as recital halls across the United States and in 27 foreign countries. Recent engagements have included the 2010 Beijing (China) Modern Music Festival and the 2010 Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe Festival. Off-Broadway she played two roles in the Music Theatre Group production of Virgil Thomson's The Mother Of Us All, and in 2009 portrayed Mrs. Peachum in Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera at New York's Riverside Theatre. As a winner of Joy in Singing, she made her New York recital debut at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. The concert garnered praise from the New York Times: "A true mezzo soprano, ample in size yet easily modulated in either registral extreme and graced with an appealing plangency of timbre."

This Benedictine Lecture performance is sponsored by Mount Marty College, Mother of God Monastery, Sacred Heart Monastery, and the Benedictine Institute for Leadership, Ethics, and Social Justice. It is free and open to the public.